Taiwanese Music and the World: Interview with FireEX

By Darice Dan Chang Reprinted by permission of author and Ketagalan Media One of the challenges of writing about musicians from another country is that you have to feel each other out a little, figure out how much you know, or don’t know, about each other. For example, they don’t understand that you haven’t experienced them, that you can’t just Google.tw their names and have lived every nook and cranny their 10+ year career through the power of the internet. They don’t know that…

Taiwanese American Biographer Felicia Lin Speaks in NYC

Felicia Lin, the "accidental biographer" of Su Beng, talks about how she became the biographer of Su Beng, a nonagenarian Taiwanese revolutionary and her work on documenting his life. In 2013 she raised over $15,000 in an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to return to Taiwan to continue her research and found herself in the midst of the historic Sunflower movement (March 27, 2014-April 10, 2014), a 24-day long occupation of the Legislative Yuan in Taipei, in protest of the passage of a trade pact with…

Sunflower Occupation Documentary Tours North America

A year after the historic occupation of Taiwan's Legislative Yuan, a 9-part collaboration documentary has been made featuring the stories and timeline of events during this student-led "Sunflower Movement." The Sunflower Student Movement, driven by a coalition of students and civic groups, protested the passing of the Cross-Strait Service Trade Agreement by the Kuomintang party in the legislature without a clause-by-clause review. The Sunflower image was associated with this massive student…

Sunflower Movement Documentary Screens in San Jose, CA

The Sunflower Student Movement was a protest movement driven by a coalition of students and civic groups between March 18 and April 10, 2014, in Taiwan's Legislative Yuan and, later, also the Executive Yuan. The activists protested the passing of the Cross-Strait Service Trade Agreement (CSSTA) by the ruling party Kuomintang (KMT) at the legislature without clause-by-clause review. Gain a more in-depth understanding of the history, context, and events leading up to this historic event through…

Why I Fight to “Keep Taiwan Free”

      Keep Taiwan Free. Three simple words but keep Taiwan free from what? China? Why do we need to Keep Taiwan Free? Wait, but I thought Taiwan is free? These are just some of the common questions asked when people see the slogan Keep Taiwan Free. As most people know, Taiwan’s history is quite complex. It took several decades and the sacrifice of tens of thousands of citizens to get to the democracy that Taiwan is today. Yet, this young democracy is still a fragile one. Even just in…